A new gas pipeline leading to Gopalganj is likely to be installed through the Padma Bridge to expand gas supply to the south-south western region and carry the LNG to be imported through Payra port to the national grid.
The government is undertaking two separate projects for constructing two 30-inch diameter gas pipelines, one in the western part of Padma Bridge and another in the south-western part, Planning Commission sources said.
The first pipeline will stretch 45 km from Langlolband in Narayanganj to Mawa in Munshiganj and the length of the second one will be 95 km from Jajira point to Gopalganj.
Petrobangla has sent two preliminary development project proformas (PDPP) to the Planning Commission for getting those approved in principle, which is crucial to getting foreign funds for the schemes.
The cost of the two projects has been estimated at Tk 1,900 crore of which government will provide Tk 750 crore and the government is mulling to approach ADB for the rest of Tk 1,150 crore.
In a recent letter, Petrobangla has requested the energy and mineral resources division to start negotiation with ADB through Economic Relations Division (ERD) for getting the required fund, official sources said.
The sources added that ERD will start the negation with ADB immediately after getting the preliminary nod from the Planning Commission.
With the increased demand for gas, the government has taken an initiative to import liquefied natural gas (LNG) through Payra port. The proposed gas lines are seen very important for transmitting the imported LNG to national grid after re-gasification.
The main objective of the proposed gas pipelines is to expand national gas grid from Langolband point of Narayanganj to Mawa in Munshiganj.
With the initiative, the government also eyes to transmit natural gas to the energy starving south-south-western part of the country to help set up gas-based power plants, fertiliser factories and industries to improve the socio-economic condition in the region.
Gas Transmission Company Ltd (GTCL), a company under Petrobangla, is expected to construct the pipelines by June 2021.The tentative commissioning deadline of the projects is July 2018.
The cost of Langolband-Mawa pipeline will be Tk 600 crore, while that of Jajira to Gopalganj has been estimated at Tk 1,300 crore.